Cédric Maridet, ‘Last Image of Kosmos 1154 30th January 1980 – 12th October 2014’, 2016, Blindspot Gallery
Cédric Maridet, ‘Last Image of Kosmos 1154 30th January 1980 – 12th October 2014’, 2016, Blindspot Gallery
Cédric Maridet, ‘Last Image of Kosmos 1154 30th January 1980 – 12th October 2014’, 2016, Blindspot Gallery
Cédric Maridet, ‘Last Image of Kosmos 1154 30th January 1980 – 12th October 2014’, 2016, Blindspot Gallery

The work is a reenactment of the first close-up TV image of Mars as done by NASA scientists in 1964, who used a real-time data translator machine to convert a Mariner 4 digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper. With the contemporary context of witnessing the re-entry into space of Russian rocket Kosmos 1154 launched in January 1980, the work reenacts a similar making, yet reverses the process of revealing an image thro ugh the slow process of drawing according to the brightness values of the last image of the rocket bursting into flames on the evening of the 12 October 2014 in the sky of Svalbard.